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Relations between type of army service, incidental emotions and risk perceptions

Sharon Garyn-Tal () and Shosh Shahrabani
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Sharon Garyn-Tal: The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College

Mind & Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, 2020, vol. 19, issue 1, No 6, 76 pages

Abstract: Abstract Military service in general and combat service in particular can be physically and psychologically stressful. Previous studies have focused on risk propensity and risky behavior among soldiers. Yet knowledge is still lacking regarding the impact of type of army service on soldiers’ risk perceptions. The current study examines how type of army service and negative incidental emotions affect risk perceptions. Results of a survey conducted among 153 combat and non-combat Israeli soldiers indicate that respondents serving in combat units on average have more pessimistic risk perceptions than non-combat soldiers. Yet no significant differences emerged between combat and non-combat respondents with respect to their levels of negative incidental emotions. Regression analyses suggest that higher levels of negative incidental emotions are correlated with pessimistic risk perceptions among all respondents, while higher levels of risk attitude are correlated with pessimistic risk perceptions among combat soldiers but not among non-combat soldiers.

Keywords: Army service; Combat soldiers; Incidental emotions; Risk perception (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11299-020-00224-6

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